Book: The Fault in Our Stars
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
In this book, there are beautiful themes that question one’s existence itself and also tell us how ‘ We are so busy being WE that we have no idea how utterly unprecedented we are.’ It relishes upon its ability to connive the reader into turning the pages on and on, until the bubbly blue back cover appears, thereby ending a very moving read.
The story begins with Hazel Grace Lancaster, a seventeen-year-old cancer patient who’s tired of the piped structure that hangs around her nose, which metaphorically is the reason she’s able to breathe. At the request of her mother, who has faint ideas concerning whether her child’s depressed, Hazel attends a cancer support group in the basement of a church (Literally at the heart of Jesus!). Not very enthusiastic about attending the support group, she hesitantly attends it to make her mother happy. One fine day in the support group, comes a knight in shining armor, or often called the male protagonist of the story, Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters. Augustus had lost one of his legs to a form of cancer called Osteosarcoma, but his cancer is now in remission. He was there to support his friend, Issac who has lost one eye in a rare form of eye cancer and now must get the other eye removed.
Slowly what starts from a radical conversation to casual flirting, we see how a non-cliché relationship begins among the two. Having to agree to read each other’s favorite novels, to discussing about them in detail, to star-gazing and to awkward midnight message exchanges, to travelling to Amsterdam to meet Hazel’s favorite author to ask him to explain the ending of his book and to rediscover themselves, they do it all. Somehow, this relationship evolves from little-hearted friendship to a very emotionally enveloped mutual understanding about love, pain and sacrifice.
Cancer is one of many topics that is talked of very lightly. As soon as the diagnosis is given, almost no one knows what to say or how to act. And as John Gren says in his book ,’ That was the worst part about having cancer, sometimes: The physical evidence of disease separates you from other people.’ Having to give the reader a candid look at cancer, the book tells us how, living in constant fear of sudden death does not change you, it reveals you.
While discussing their favourite books, a fictional book ‘An Imperial Affliction’ comes into light. Also a book about cancer, it instigates a lot of thought provoking conversations. Throughout the book many of their adventures are driven by this book from many different conversations, to a wish turned into a trip, to find the end of the story, or will it be the beginning of a new story for the two of them?
This one, here is a highly recommended one.